Species group: Kingsnakes and Milksnakes
Other common names: Variable Kingsnake; Thayeri Kingsnake; Nuevo Leon Kingsnake
Scientific name: Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri
Thayer's Kingsnakes are found in most parts of Galeana Mexico.
Appearance / health:
Thayer's Kingsnakes are also known as Variables, being a combination of the “mexicana” species of snakes. Phases and color patterns include gray-banded, melanistic, and tri-color, as well as saddled, ringed, or blotched. Body base color can be gray, silver, or peach. Belly can be light gray with dark blotches. The adult size is about 2-3 feet in length.
Because of their relatively small size, the Thayeri Kingsnakes can be housed in medium enclosures like 10- to 20-gallon tanks, provided with hiding places, climbing branches, and a water dish.
Thayeri Kingsnakes are best kept alone due to the propensity to prey on other snakes. Fresh water should be provided daily and the cage cleaned and disinfected regularly. Day temp: 78-90F; night temp: 65-70F
Thayeri Kingsnakes prey on rodents, frogs, and lizards.
Thayeri Kingsnakes lay eggs that require incubation for 60-68 days.
temperament, sweety pie, great temperament etc, favorite, handsome snake, curious little mind, great pets
As Variably-Colored as a Snake Can Be
This mild-mannered beauty lives up to its alternate name of “variable kingsnake” quite well. An array of splendid color phases and patterns are exhibited across its range, and of course breeders have been busy adding new forms and hybrids. The Thayer’s kingsnake makes an excellent choice for novice keepers, yet still attracts we old-timers as well.
With proper care, kingsnakes can live in excess of 20 years. A simple 20-30 gallon terrarium stocked with a hide box (or, better yet, cypress mulch or aspen into which they can burrow) and heated to a temperature range of 78-85 F, with a basking spot of 88-90 F, meets their needs. Although they feed heavily on lizards in the wild, pets do fine on mice and rat pups. Hatchlings may “insist” on lizard-scented pinkies for a time, but soon switch over to “straight” mice..
From findiviglio Jan 23 2016 5:30PM